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Windows XP Reloaded

Fire and Motion revisited:

your address is never revealed
Friday, February 27, 2004

That's no more than a natural result of their policy on lifetimes for products which is now 6 years.  So 6 years after the first release of XP they'll stop supporting it.

Simon Lucy
Friday, February 27, 2004

You'd be lucky to find a car with a 6 year warranty (other than the import cars you're already weary of i.e. Kia, Hyundai - who have no choice but to do this in order to get you to buy their cars.)  This is not to say you shouldn't be able to pay for an extension, but without large numbers of companies asking/paying for this - it doesn't make much sense for Microsoft or any other company.

I'm not sure why after 6 years they should have to support it - from their business perspective anyway.  If there was enough money in it for them, IOW - fat support contracts, it would make sense.  Remember, they're in it for the money - rolling a new product out will always rake in more cash than offering any type of extended support for existing products - at least in the Microsoft world anyway.

Friday, February 27, 2004

I'm not sure if software qualifies, but for hardware there are laws about having to support the product for a number of years.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Nobody really cares about losing phone support. It is the question of security patches.

If MS don't want to fix bugs and security holes after six years let them telease the source code, so at least the customer can do it for free.

The guarantee period for cars is a red harring. Hardware deteriorates with time. And the equivalent would be Hyundai offering a six year guarantee from the day they first sold a car in the States, not the date you bought one.

Stephen Jones
Friday, February 27, 2004

My roommate already has Windows XP reloaded — I think he's on the fourth "reload" in as many months. ;-)

Brent Gulanowski
Sunday, February 29, 2004

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